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  •  The Benue Chairman of Nigeria Medical Association NMA Dr Ushakuma Anenga has cautioned youths against drug abuse and engaging in electoral violence He said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Makurdi that the actions including vote buying and selling have long term negative effects on individuals and society According to him drug abuse is a huge issue in Nigeria and across the globe stunting the future of the youths He said about 275 million people in the world are abusing drugs out of which Nigeria has more than 14 3 million people associated with drug abuse I had cause to go and look at how much votes that our President Muhammadu Buhari got in the last election It is about 15 million votes That is like the entire youths that can change the country abusing drugs and that is huge The causes are numerous peer pressure people trying to cope with stress parental influence there are many causes he added The medical practitioner said it was important for the country to hold seminars and conferences to conscientise the youths on the dangers of these issues There are other organizations whose primary activity is trying to curb this menace for us it is just to engage in advocacy and to be supportive he added On electoral violence the NMA chairman advised the youths to build their capacity so as to make better choices Lack of capacity will reduce one s ability to say no to electoral violence knowledge is very important to resist that and in making informed choices during election and all other aspects of life Anenga said MZA NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Benue NMA Chairman cautions youth against drug abuse, electoral violence
     The Benue Chairman of Nigeria Medical Association NMA Dr Ushakuma Anenga has cautioned youths against drug abuse and engaging in electoral violence He said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Makurdi that the actions including vote buying and selling have long term negative effects on individuals and society According to him drug abuse is a huge issue in Nigeria and across the globe stunting the future of the youths He said about 275 million people in the world are abusing drugs out of which Nigeria has more than 14 3 million people associated with drug abuse I had cause to go and look at how much votes that our President Muhammadu Buhari got in the last election It is about 15 million votes That is like the entire youths that can change the country abusing drugs and that is huge The causes are numerous peer pressure people trying to cope with stress parental influence there are many causes he added The medical practitioner said it was important for the country to hold seminars and conferences to conscientise the youths on the dangers of these issues There are other organizations whose primary activity is trying to curb this menace for us it is just to engage in advocacy and to be supportive he added On electoral violence the NMA chairman advised the youths to build their capacity so as to make better choices Lack of capacity will reduce one s ability to say no to electoral violence knowledge is very important to resist that and in making informed choices during election and all other aspects of life Anenga said MZA NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Benue NMA Chairman cautions youth against drug abuse, electoral violence
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    Benue NMA Chairman cautions youth against drug abuse, electoral violence

    The Benue Chairman of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Dr Ushakuma Anenga has cautioned youths against drug abuse and engaging in electoral violence.

    He said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Makurdi that the actions, including vote buying and selling, have long term negative effects on individuals and society.

    According to him, drug abuse is a huge issue in Nigeria and across the globe, stunting the future of the youths.

    He said about 275 million people in the world are abusing drugs, out of which Nigeria has more than 14.3 million people associated with drug abuse.

    “I had cause to go and look at how much votes that our President, Muhammadu Buhari got in the last election.

    “It is about 15 million votes.

    That is like the entire youths that can change the country abusing drugs, and that is huge.

    “The causes are numerous; peer pressure, people trying to cope with stress, parental influence, there are many causes,” he added.

    The medical practitioner said it was important for the country to hold seminars and conferences to conscientise the youths on the dangers of these issues.

    “There are other organizations whose primary activity is trying to curb this menace, for us it is just to engage in advocacy and to be supportive,” he added.

    On electoral violence, the NMA chairman advised the youths to build their capacity, so as to make better choices.

    “Lack of capacity will reduce one’s ability to say no to electoral violence; knowledge is very important to resist that and in making informed choices during election and all other aspects of life,” Anenga said.

    MZA
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  •  The Nigerian Medical Association NMA has called for an improvement in the healthcare management system to reverse the prevailing brain drain and enhance the healthcare system for Nigerians Dr Benjamin Olowojebutu Chairman NMA Lagos Zone made the call in a statement on Saturday in celebration of Nigeria s 62nd Independence Anniversary Olowojebutu said that it was possible to build a nation where healthcare works for all irrespective of tribe creed religious and political affiliation We still do not have the healthcare management system of our dreams Our current system is still plagued by strikes unhealthy professional rivalry inadequate facilities poor working condition and the list goes on It is even more worrisome that the present stochastic services have encouraged unprecedented brain drain Many healthcare practitioners are religiously seeking greener pastures in climes where things work where they can get better remuneration and fulfill their God given aspirations he said He noted that past governments invested in the management of communicable diseases however various complications resulting from the infection of Ebola Lassa Fever COVID 19 and Monkeypox affected the country This is a pointer that as a nation we must have a strategic National Medical Disaster Plan that will help us to be more proactive than reactive he said According to him it is also crucial to have a strategic Medical Mitigating Blueprint that alleviates the sufferings of citizens especially the aged suffering from non communicable diseases such as hypertension and diabetes He noted that the cost of medications was presently expensive due to high import customs duties Olowojebutu added that health matters should be for altruistic purposes and not necessarily pecuniary interests as was the present case with the importation of drugs The chairman urged the National Orientation Agency NOA to become more responsive to its duty and start intensifying enlightenment on the new National Health Insurance Act NHIA in different Nigerian languages According to him doing this will ensure access to healthcare for every Nigerian Besides Olowojebutu said that the current executives of NMA Lagos would work on a three pronged focal agenda on The Lagos Doctor Lagosians and Lagos Healthcare System to ensure a health system that works for everyone The import of this tripartite trajectory is that the welfare of Lagos Doctors would be top notch and reasonably encouraging enough to keep their services The Lagos people would be the cardinal focus of Lagos Healthcare system and there will be patriotic advocacy for the improvement of Lagos healthcare system through various public private partnership particularly in semi urban and rural areas he said Olowojebutu appealed to the Lagos State Government to expedite action in creating a Public Private Partnership policy Operate and Manage Model that would revitalise and stimulate all Primary Healthcare Centres PHCs in rural areas of the state This will go a long way in arresting the already decimated systems in these largely forgotten areas of Lagos State We would like to state emphatically that we are altruistically ready for any partnership that will positively improve the health status of Nigerians particularly Lagosians We know the most laudable vehicle for attaining the Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria is through the National Health Insurance Act he said He lauded states that have domesticated the Act and encouraged others to join in domestication of the Act Olowojebutu also appealed to the Lagos State Health Management Authority to intensify efforts through deliberate partnerships with relevant stakeholders particularly non governmental organisations in encouraging Lagosians to enroll in the State s Health Insurance Scheme llera Eko He noted that health insurance schemes had proven to be the surest route to accessible healthcare facilities and patient management systems even in developed nations NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria at 62: NMA calls for improved healthcare management system
     The Nigerian Medical Association NMA has called for an improvement in the healthcare management system to reverse the prevailing brain drain and enhance the healthcare system for Nigerians Dr Benjamin Olowojebutu Chairman NMA Lagos Zone made the call in a statement on Saturday in celebration of Nigeria s 62nd Independence Anniversary Olowojebutu said that it was possible to build a nation where healthcare works for all irrespective of tribe creed religious and political affiliation We still do not have the healthcare management system of our dreams Our current system is still plagued by strikes unhealthy professional rivalry inadequate facilities poor working condition and the list goes on It is even more worrisome that the present stochastic services have encouraged unprecedented brain drain Many healthcare practitioners are religiously seeking greener pastures in climes where things work where they can get better remuneration and fulfill their God given aspirations he said He noted that past governments invested in the management of communicable diseases however various complications resulting from the infection of Ebola Lassa Fever COVID 19 and Monkeypox affected the country This is a pointer that as a nation we must have a strategic National Medical Disaster Plan that will help us to be more proactive than reactive he said According to him it is also crucial to have a strategic Medical Mitigating Blueprint that alleviates the sufferings of citizens especially the aged suffering from non communicable diseases such as hypertension and diabetes He noted that the cost of medications was presently expensive due to high import customs duties Olowojebutu added that health matters should be for altruistic purposes and not necessarily pecuniary interests as was the present case with the importation of drugs The chairman urged the National Orientation Agency NOA to become more responsive to its duty and start intensifying enlightenment on the new National Health Insurance Act NHIA in different Nigerian languages According to him doing this will ensure access to healthcare for every Nigerian Besides Olowojebutu said that the current executives of NMA Lagos would work on a three pronged focal agenda on The Lagos Doctor Lagosians and Lagos Healthcare System to ensure a health system that works for everyone The import of this tripartite trajectory is that the welfare of Lagos Doctors would be top notch and reasonably encouraging enough to keep their services The Lagos people would be the cardinal focus of Lagos Healthcare system and there will be patriotic advocacy for the improvement of Lagos healthcare system through various public private partnership particularly in semi urban and rural areas he said Olowojebutu appealed to the Lagos State Government to expedite action in creating a Public Private Partnership policy Operate and Manage Model that would revitalise and stimulate all Primary Healthcare Centres PHCs in rural areas of the state This will go a long way in arresting the already decimated systems in these largely forgotten areas of Lagos State We would like to state emphatically that we are altruistically ready for any partnership that will positively improve the health status of Nigerians particularly Lagosians We know the most laudable vehicle for attaining the Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria is through the National Health Insurance Act he said He lauded states that have domesticated the Act and encouraged others to join in domestication of the Act Olowojebutu also appealed to the Lagos State Health Management Authority to intensify efforts through deliberate partnerships with relevant stakeholders particularly non governmental organisations in encouraging Lagosians to enroll in the State s Health Insurance Scheme llera Eko He noted that health insurance schemes had proven to be the surest route to accessible healthcare facilities and patient management systems even in developed nations NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria at 62: NMA calls for improved healthcare management system
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    Nigeria at 62: NMA calls for improved healthcare management system

    The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has called for an improvement in the healthcare management system to reverse the prevailing brain drain and enhance the healthcare system for Nigerians.

    Dr Benjamin Olowojebutu, Chairman, NMA Lagos Zone, made the call in a statement on Saturday in celebration of Nigeria’s 62nd Independence Anniversary.

    Olowojebutu said that it was possible to build a nation where healthcare works for all irrespective of tribe, creed, religious and political affiliation.

    “We still do not have the healthcare management system of our dreams.

    “Our current system is still plagued by strikes, unhealthy professional rivalry, inadequate facilities, poor working condition and the list goes on.

    “It is even more worrisome that the present stochastic services have encouraged unprecedented brain drain.

    “Many healthcare practitioners are religiously seeking greener pastures in climes where things work, where they can get better remuneration and fulfill their God-given aspirations,” he said.

    He noted that past governments invested in the management of communicable diseases, however,  various complications resulting from the infection of Ebola, Lassa Fever, COVID-19 and Monkeypox affected the country.

    “This is a pointer that as a nation we must have a strategic National Medical Disaster Plan that will help us to be more proactive than reactive,” he said.

    According to him, it is also crucial to have a strategic Medical Mitigating Blueprint that alleviates the sufferings of citizens, especially the aged, suffering from non-communicable diseases such as hypertension and diabetes.

    He noted that the cost of medications was presently expensive due to high import customs duties.

    Olowojebutu added that health matters should be for altruistic purposes and not necessarily pecuniary interests as was the present case with the importation of drugs.

    The chairman urged the National Orientation Agency (NOA) to become more responsive to its duty and start intensifying enlightenment on the new National Health Insurance Act (NHIA) in different Nigerian languages.

    According to him, doing this will ensure access to healthcare for every Nigerian.

    Besides, Olowojebutu said that the current executives of NMA Lagos would work on a three-pronged focal agenda on ‘The Lagos Doctor, Lagosians and Lagos Healthcare System’ to ensure a health system that works for everyone.

    ‘The import of this tripartite trajectory is that the welfare of Lagos Doctors would be top-notch and reasonably encouraging enough to keep their services.

    “The Lagos people would be the cardinal focus of Lagos Healthcare system and there will be patriotic advocacy for the improvement of Lagos healthcare system through various public-private-partnership, particularly in semi urban and rural areas,” he said.

    Olowojebutu appealed to the Lagos State Government to expedite action in creating a Public-Private Partnership policy (Operate and Manage Model) that would revitalise and stimulate all Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) in rural areas of the state.

    “This will go a long way in arresting the already decimated systems in these largely forgotten areas of Lagos State.

    “We would like to state emphatically that we are altruistically ready for any partnership that will positively improve the health status of Nigerians, particularly Lagosians.

    “We know the most laudable vehicle for attaining the Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria is through the National Health Insurance Act,” he said.

    He lauded states that have domesticated the Act and encouraged others to join in domestication of the Act. Olowojebutu also appealed to the Lagos State Health Management Authority to intensify efforts through deliberate partnerships with relevant stakeholders, particularly non-governmental organisations in encouraging Lagosians to enroll in the State’s Health Insurance Scheme (llera Eko).

    He noted that health insurance schemes had proven to be the surest route to accessible healthcare facilities and patient management systems, even in developed nations.

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  As Nigerians are celebrating the 62nd anniversary of nationhood some residents of Ogun have continued to bear their minds on its journey so far In separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Abeokuta they expressed mixed feelings on the political social and economic development of the nation over the years In his views Mr John Akpan a Political Scientist who went down memory lane said Nigeria had demonstrated promising traits of greatness in its early years after independence Akpan recalled that Nigeria was competing favourably with the developed countries of the world because of the accelerated growth from the emerging Northern Eastern and Western regions due to the healthy competition among them He said that the parliamentary system of government which Nigeria practiced at independence allowed powers to be devolved to the regions and they controlled and managed their resources for their respective development Akpan explained that the system of government however gave way for a confederal system of government which the nation adopted when it became a Republic in 1963 The political scientist explained that the fortune of the nation took a downward turn when the military rulers who took over reins of power after the Jan 15 1966 coup suspended the Federal Constitution and began to rule by decree He noted that the states which were created by the military government to replace the regions became weak and subservient to the centre and there were no longer checks and balances Nigeria made meaningful progress in its first five years of independence but the gains could not be sustained by the military dictators who took over from the founding fathers of the nation he said Contributing a Public Commentator Mr Segun Akindiya said that the inability to manage resources from the discovery of oil was a major setback for the nation With the advent of the oil money the leaders abandoned agriculture mining and other sectors which were the mainstay of the economy he said Contributing Mr Jamil Abolade the Chairman Nigerian Bar Association NBA Abeokuta branch also blamed the country s underdevelopment on bad leadership Abolade noted that the developed nation s of the world had been fortunate to have committed leaders who had turned their fortunes around According to him the bad leadership has been responsible for other problems like infrastructural decay epileptic power supply corruption bad health and educational systems and insecurity The lawyer stated that Nigeria s population was the only thing that had continued to experience steady growth while other important areas of the country had remained stagnant He called for quality investment in the education sector as part of efforts to transform the nation Also Mr Akeem Lasisi Chairman Trade Union Congress TUC in Ogun expressed displeasure over the situation of the nation Lasisi said that successive governments had veered from the vision path and legacies bequeathed to them by the founding founders Consider the fact that the Naira which in the 1960s and 1970s was stronger than the dollar and many other currencies has now become so low in value because of bad managers of the economy Our roads and other infrastructure are nothing to be proud of because successive governments have abandoned them as they pursued after ringworm and leaving out leprosy Our core values have gone down the drain while our political religious traditional and other leaders watch and and do nothing In some cases it is pathetic to observe that the same leaders and elders who should be the custodians and protectors of these once cherished values are the ones destroying them A society whose core socioeconomic values education and healthcare services are destroyed is in itself destroyed that explains where we are now he said Lasisi however said that the challenges of Nigeria were surmountable enjoining the leaders to make the people core centre of governance He advocated quality investment in the people of the nation through education adding that quality of the people of a nation determines its level of development Also Mr Damilola Simeon the state Chairman National Association of Nigerian Students NANS blamed the low performance of the nation since independence on bad leadership Simeon explained that the leadership gap had led to disunity corruption lack of productivity among others adding that the situation had resulted in underdevelopment of the country Nigeria has not been seriously and sincerely investing in education capacity building and empowerment of youths and engaging them meaningfully Nigeria requires a national leadership with the understanding and capability to set the tone and direction for national growth and development Such leadership needs to galvanise all citizens irrespective of ethnic geopolitical or religious leaning for collective growth he said Simeon then called on youths and other Nigerians to jettison violence and build a united front to surmount the many problems of the nation I don t see anything to celebrate at 62 other than the fact that we are still practicing democracy he added In his reactions Dr Kunke Ashimi the Chairman Nigeria Medical Association NMA said that lack of proper planning remained the bane of development of Nigeria Ashimi explained that the situation was responsible for the poor state of the country s health sector over the years Nigeria s health indices will continue to nosedive as long as there are no visionary planning and proper census Until government stops seeing education and health as social services the country will continue to witness lower health indices These two sectors which successive governments have continued to neglect are the bedrock of our development Government has to forecast the needs of its citizens to plan ahead We must take our population census seriously so that we can plan I remember in those days people travelled down from Europe and Asia to the University College Hospital UCH in Ibadan to access healthcare but reverse is the case now The reason is that our leaders could not see beyond those days while other countries put the future in the foundation of what they were doing he said Ashimi decried the continuous Exodus of medical personnel from the country on daily basis adding if something drastic was not done the health sector may die a natural death If we must celebrate our 62nd independence anniversary it must be low key because there are no achievements to be celebrated he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lack of resources management, bad leadership, major setback for Nigeria- Stakeholders
     As Nigerians are celebrating the 62nd anniversary of nationhood some residents of Ogun have continued to bear their minds on its journey so far In separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Abeokuta they expressed mixed feelings on the political social and economic development of the nation over the years In his views Mr John Akpan a Political Scientist who went down memory lane said Nigeria had demonstrated promising traits of greatness in its early years after independence Akpan recalled that Nigeria was competing favourably with the developed countries of the world because of the accelerated growth from the emerging Northern Eastern and Western regions due to the healthy competition among them He said that the parliamentary system of government which Nigeria practiced at independence allowed powers to be devolved to the regions and they controlled and managed their resources for their respective development Akpan explained that the system of government however gave way for a confederal system of government which the nation adopted when it became a Republic in 1963 The political scientist explained that the fortune of the nation took a downward turn when the military rulers who took over reins of power after the Jan 15 1966 coup suspended the Federal Constitution and began to rule by decree He noted that the states which were created by the military government to replace the regions became weak and subservient to the centre and there were no longer checks and balances Nigeria made meaningful progress in its first five years of independence but the gains could not be sustained by the military dictators who took over from the founding fathers of the nation he said Contributing a Public Commentator Mr Segun Akindiya said that the inability to manage resources from the discovery of oil was a major setback for the nation With the advent of the oil money the leaders abandoned agriculture mining and other sectors which were the mainstay of the economy he said Contributing Mr Jamil Abolade the Chairman Nigerian Bar Association NBA Abeokuta branch also blamed the country s underdevelopment on bad leadership Abolade noted that the developed nation s of the world had been fortunate to have committed leaders who had turned their fortunes around According to him the bad leadership has been responsible for other problems like infrastructural decay epileptic power supply corruption bad health and educational systems and insecurity The lawyer stated that Nigeria s population was the only thing that had continued to experience steady growth while other important areas of the country had remained stagnant He called for quality investment in the education sector as part of efforts to transform the nation Also Mr Akeem Lasisi Chairman Trade Union Congress TUC in Ogun expressed displeasure over the situation of the nation Lasisi said that successive governments had veered from the vision path and legacies bequeathed to them by the founding founders Consider the fact that the Naira which in the 1960s and 1970s was stronger than the dollar and many other currencies has now become so low in value because of bad managers of the economy Our roads and other infrastructure are nothing to be proud of because successive governments have abandoned them as they pursued after ringworm and leaving out leprosy Our core values have gone down the drain while our political religious traditional and other leaders watch and and do nothing In some cases it is pathetic to observe that the same leaders and elders who should be the custodians and protectors of these once cherished values are the ones destroying them A society whose core socioeconomic values education and healthcare services are destroyed is in itself destroyed that explains where we are now he said Lasisi however said that the challenges of Nigeria were surmountable enjoining the leaders to make the people core centre of governance He advocated quality investment in the people of the nation through education adding that quality of the people of a nation determines its level of development Also Mr Damilola Simeon the state Chairman National Association of Nigerian Students NANS blamed the low performance of the nation since independence on bad leadership Simeon explained that the leadership gap had led to disunity corruption lack of productivity among others adding that the situation had resulted in underdevelopment of the country Nigeria has not been seriously and sincerely investing in education capacity building and empowerment of youths and engaging them meaningfully Nigeria requires a national leadership with the understanding and capability to set the tone and direction for national growth and development Such leadership needs to galvanise all citizens irrespective of ethnic geopolitical or religious leaning for collective growth he said Simeon then called on youths and other Nigerians to jettison violence and build a united front to surmount the many problems of the nation I don t see anything to celebrate at 62 other than the fact that we are still practicing democracy he added In his reactions Dr Kunke Ashimi the Chairman Nigeria Medical Association NMA said that lack of proper planning remained the bane of development of Nigeria Ashimi explained that the situation was responsible for the poor state of the country s health sector over the years Nigeria s health indices will continue to nosedive as long as there are no visionary planning and proper census Until government stops seeing education and health as social services the country will continue to witness lower health indices These two sectors which successive governments have continued to neglect are the bedrock of our development Government has to forecast the needs of its citizens to plan ahead We must take our population census seriously so that we can plan I remember in those days people travelled down from Europe and Asia to the University College Hospital UCH in Ibadan to access healthcare but reverse is the case now The reason is that our leaders could not see beyond those days while other countries put the future in the foundation of what they were doing he said Ashimi decried the continuous Exodus of medical personnel from the country on daily basis adding if something drastic was not done the health sector may die a natural death If we must celebrate our 62nd independence anniversary it must be low key because there are no achievements to be celebrated he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lack of resources management, bad leadership, major setback for Nigeria- Stakeholders
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    Lack of resources management, bad leadership, major setback for Nigeria- Stakeholders

    As Nigerians are celebrating the 62nd anniversary of nationhood, some residents of Ogun have continued to bear their minds on its journey so far.

    In separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Abeokuta, they expressed mixed feelings on the political, social and economic development of the nation over the years.

    In his views, Mr John Akpan, a Political Scientist, who went down memory lane, said Nigeria had demonstrated promising traits of greatness in its early years after independence.

    Akpan recalled that Nigeria was competing favourably with the developed countries of the world, because of the accelerated growth from the emerging Northern, Eastern and Western regions due to the healthy competition among them.

    He said that the parliamentary system of government, which Nigeria practiced at independence, allowed powers to be devolved to the regions and they controlled and managed their resources for their respective development.

    Akpan explained that the system of government, however, gave way for a confederal system of government which the nation adopted when it became a Republic in 1963. The political scientist explained that the fortune of the nation took a downward turn when the military rulers who took over reins of power after the Jan. 15, 1966 coup suspended the Federal Constitution and began to rule by decree.

    He noted that the states, which were created by the military government to replace the regions, became weak and subservient to the centre and there were no longer checks and balances.

    “Nigeria made meaningful progress in its first five years of independence, but the gains could not be sustained by the military dictators who took over from the founding fathers of the nation,” he said.

    Contributing, a Public Commentator, Mr Segun Akindiya, said that the inability to manage resources from the discovery of oil was a major setback for the nation “With the advent of the oil money, the leaders abandoned agriculture, mining and other sectors which were the mainstay of the economy,” he said .

    Contributing, Mr Jamil Abolade, the Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Abeokuta branch, also blamed the country’s underdevelopment on bad leadership.

    Abolade noted that the developed nation’s of the world had been fortunate to have committed leaders who had turned their fortunes around.

    According to him, the bad leadership has been responsible for other problems like infrastructural decay, epileptic power supply, corruption, bad health and educational systems and insecurity.

    The lawyer stated that Nigeria”s population was the only thing that had continued to experience steady growth while other important areas of the country had remained stagnant.

    He called for quality investment in the education sector as part of efforts to transform the nation.

    Also, Mr Akeem Lasisi, Chairman, Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Ogun, expressed displeasure over the situation of the nation.

    Lasisi said that successive governments had veered from the vision, path and legacies bequeathed to them by the founding founders.

    “Consider the fact that the Naira which in the 1960s and 1970s, was stronger than the dollar and many other currencies, has now become so low in value, because of bad managers of the economy.

    “Our roads and other infrastructure are nothing to be proud of, because successive governments have abandoned them as they pursued after ringworm and leaving out leprosy.

    “Our core values have gone down the drain, while our political, religious, traditional and other leaders watch and and do nothing.

    “In some cases, it is pathetic to observe that the same leaders and elders who should be the custodians and protectors of these once cherished values, are the ones destroying them.

    “A society whose core socioeconomic values, education and healthcare services are destroyed, is in itself destroyed; that explains where we are now,” he said.

    Lasisi, however, said that the challenges of Nigeria were surmountable, enjoining the leaders to make the people core centre of governance.

    He advocated quality investment in the people of the nation through education, adding that quality of the people of a nation determines its level of development.

    Also, Mr Damilola Simeon, the state Chairman, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), blamed the low performance of the nation since independence on “bad leadership”.

    Simeon explained that the leadership gap had led to disunity, corruption, lack of productivity, among others, adding that the situation had resulted in underdevelopment of the country.

    “Nigeria has not been seriously and sincerely investing in education, capacity building and empowerment of youths and engaging them meaningfully.

    “Nigeria requires a national leadership with the understanding and capability to set the tone and direction for national growth and development.

    “Such leadership needs to galvanise all citizens, irrespective of ethnic, geopolitical or religious leaning for collective growth,” he said.

    Simeon, then called on youths and other Nigerians to jettison violence and build a united front to surmount the many problems of the nation.

    “I don’t see anything to celebrate at 62 other than the fact that we are still practicing democracy,” he added.

    In his reactions, Dr Kunke Ashimi, the Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), said that lack of proper planning remained the bane of development of Nigeria.

    Ashimi explained that the situation was responsible for the poor state of the country’s health sector over the years.

    “Nigeria’s health indices will continue to nosedive as long as there are no visionary planning and proper census.

    “Until government stops seeing education and health as social services, the country will continue to witness lower health indices.

    “These two sectors, which successive governments have continued to neglect, are the bedrock of our development.

    “Government has to forecast the needs of its citizens to plan ahead.

    “We must take our population census seriously so that we can plan.

    “I remember in those days, people travelled down from Europe and Asia to the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan, to access healthcare, but reverse is the case now.

    “The reason is that our leaders could not see beyond those days, while other countries put the future in the foundation of what they were doing,” he said.

    Ashimi decried the continuous Exodus of medical personnel from the country on daily basis, adding, “if something drastic was not done, the health sector may die a natural death”.

    “If we must celebrate our 62nd independence anniversary, it must be low key, because there are no achievements to be celebrated,” he said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Nigeria 62 NMA calls for appropriate budget allocation for health Nigeria 62 NMA calls for appropriate budget allocation for health Budget By Folasade Akpan Abuja Sept 30 2022 As the nation marks 62 years of independence the Nigerian Medical Association NMA has called for appropriate budgetary allocation to health and Universal Health Coverage UHC The association s National President Dr Uche Ojinmah made the call in a congratulatory message to Nigerians on Friday in Abuja According to him the association is suitably placed to continue to engage governments at all levels to make adequate provisions for the health of the people This advocacy is inherent in our constant calls for appropriate budgetary allocation to health UHC and stemming the tide of medical brain drain amongst other germane issues in the health sector for which the NMA is a champion While congratulating Nigerians for staying as one in spite of the many challenges it faced he said that Nigeria was a blessed nation endowed by God with abundant human and material resources Ojinmah added its greatest asset were its people and their diversity I thank God for keeping us together despite the turbulences and upheavals we have experienced as a people and pray for God to grant us the nation of our dreams he said He also said as the 2023 general elections draws near Nigerians should be determined to make the age of 62 the best for Nigeria by insisting on credible polls Ojinmah said that the insistence on credible polls starts with participation in the electoral process by registering and obtaining a Permanent Voters Card PVC setting an agenda for the candidates and demanding accountability from elected officials I am glad that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria President Muhammad Buhari has reiterated his determination to leave a legacy of transparent free and fair polls www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria @ 62: NMA calls for appropriate budget allocation for health
      Nigeria 62 NMA calls for appropriate budget allocation for health Nigeria 62 NMA calls for appropriate budget allocation for health Budget By Folasade Akpan Abuja Sept 30 2022 As the nation marks 62 years of independence the Nigerian Medical Association NMA has called for appropriate budgetary allocation to health and Universal Health Coverage UHC The association s National President Dr Uche Ojinmah made the call in a congratulatory message to Nigerians on Friday in Abuja According to him the association is suitably placed to continue to engage governments at all levels to make adequate provisions for the health of the people This advocacy is inherent in our constant calls for appropriate budgetary allocation to health UHC and stemming the tide of medical brain drain amongst other germane issues in the health sector for which the NMA is a champion While congratulating Nigerians for staying as one in spite of the many challenges it faced he said that Nigeria was a blessed nation endowed by God with abundant human and material resources Ojinmah added its greatest asset were its people and their diversity I thank God for keeping us together despite the turbulences and upheavals we have experienced as a people and pray for God to grant us the nation of our dreams he said He also said as the 2023 general elections draws near Nigerians should be determined to make the age of 62 the best for Nigeria by insisting on credible polls Ojinmah said that the insistence on credible polls starts with participation in the electoral process by registering and obtaining a Permanent Voters Card PVC setting an agenda for the candidates and demanding accountability from elected officials I am glad that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria President Muhammad Buhari has reiterated his determination to leave a legacy of transparent free and fair polls www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria @ 62: NMA calls for appropriate budget allocation for health
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    Nigeria @ 62: NMA calls for appropriate budget allocation for health

    Nigeria @ 62: NMA calls for appropriate budget allocation for healthNigeria @ 62: NMA calls for appropriate budget allocation for health Budget By Folasade Akpan Abuja, Sept. 30, (2022) As the nation marks 62 years of independence, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has called for appropriate budgetary allocation to health and Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

    The association’s National President, Dr Uche Ojinmah, made the call in a congratulatory message to Nigerians on Friday in Abuja.

    According to him, the association is suitably placed to continue to engage governments at all levels to make adequate provisions for the health of the people.

    “This advocacy is inherent in our constant calls for appropriate budgetary allocation to health, UHC and stemming the tide of medical brain drain amongst other germane issues in the health sector for which the NMA is a champion.

    ” While congratulating Nigerians for staying as one in spite of the many challenges it faced, he said that Nigeria was a blessed nation endowed by God with abundant human and material resources.

    Ojinmah added its greatest asset were its people and their diversity.

    “I thank God for keeping us together despite the turbulences and upheavals we have experienced as a people and pray for God to grant us the nation of our dreams”, he said.

    He also said as the 2023 general elections draws near, Nigerians should be determined to make the age of 62 the best for Nigeria by insisting on credible polls.

    Ojinmah said that the insistence on credible polls starts with participation in the electoral process by registering and obtaining a Permanent Voters Card (PVC), setting an agenda for the candidates and demanding accountability from elected officials.

    “I am glad that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammad Buhari, has reiterated his determination to leave a legacy of transparent, free and fair polls.

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  •   The new Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association NMA in Benue Dr Usha Anenga says the group will organise a forum to interact with governorship candidates on their plans for the health sector Anenga who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Makurdi said that the interaction was necessary in view of the poor health facilities in the state I want to invite the top aspirants of the top political parties seeking the governorship position to come and speak to us Our primary level of healthcare is almost non existent in the country and this has put a lot of weight on secondary health facilities which are also in comatose and then the tertiary health system Our advocacy is that both level of healthcare should be well funded better staffed better health infrastructure and better consumables he added The NMA chairman also said that the interaction would focus on the need to strengthen the state health insurance scheme What health insurance does is it provides healthcare and makes it available When you have qualified personnel and infrastructure but the people cannot afford it is not encouraging It is to ensure that the Benue health insurance agency is up and running so that the people too can benefit from it Anenga said He said that the doctors planned to hold health outreach while marking their week to offer basic treatment to patients in rural areas This he said was to highlight the importance of primary health centres and encourage government to invest in such facilities Most of the illnesses are in the communities If we carry out these outreaches do medical and surgical consultations conduct free surgeries I think that will go a long way in reducing the burden of illnesses in our communities he said The NMA chief pledged to initiate programmes that would improve the condition of medical doctors in the state including their welfare and workplaces There are some projects that were initiated by my predecessors and I intend to consolidate on them Some of the projects are the construction of the NMA House publishing a journal and issuing identity cards to members There are some of our doctors that are lagging behind when it comes to welfare payment of salaries I intend to look into those issues he said He added that the association would collaborate with governmental and non governmental organisations as well as security agencies in protecting medical personnel in the state According to him doctors are now soft targets of criminals and it is necessary to provide the latter adequate security to enable them to discharge their duties effectively I intend to digitise some of our projects and sustain our fight against quackery We need to digitise it in such a way that it will be easy for the public to report cases of quackery Anenga said According to him healthcare expertise is available in Benue and so people need not travel to India to get a service that is readily available in the state On brain drain he said most medical doctors moved to other countries because over there their welfare is being taken care of with better pay and good infrastructure One of our activities is to advocate for an improvement in the funding of the healthcare sector Healthcare should take at least 15 per cent of budget allocation but we are struggling to reach 5 per cent in this country It is my intention that we will try to do advocacy to increase funding and by increasing funding the remuneration of doctors will increase doctors will be paid salaries as when due and better welfare packages for them Even the health infrastructure will be more available in our hospitals so that condition of service will be better for doctors Anenga said nanews NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Benue NMA to interrogate gubernatorial candidates over their health sector plans
      The new Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association NMA in Benue Dr Usha Anenga says the group will organise a forum to interact with governorship candidates on their plans for the health sector Anenga who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Makurdi said that the interaction was necessary in view of the poor health facilities in the state I want to invite the top aspirants of the top political parties seeking the governorship position to come and speak to us Our primary level of healthcare is almost non existent in the country and this has put a lot of weight on secondary health facilities which are also in comatose and then the tertiary health system Our advocacy is that both level of healthcare should be well funded better staffed better health infrastructure and better consumables he added The NMA chairman also said that the interaction would focus on the need to strengthen the state health insurance scheme What health insurance does is it provides healthcare and makes it available When you have qualified personnel and infrastructure but the people cannot afford it is not encouraging It is to ensure that the Benue health insurance agency is up and running so that the people too can benefit from it Anenga said He said that the doctors planned to hold health outreach while marking their week to offer basic treatment to patients in rural areas This he said was to highlight the importance of primary health centres and encourage government to invest in such facilities Most of the illnesses are in the communities If we carry out these outreaches do medical and surgical consultations conduct free surgeries I think that will go a long way in reducing the burden of illnesses in our communities he said The NMA chief pledged to initiate programmes that would improve the condition of medical doctors in the state including their welfare and workplaces There are some projects that were initiated by my predecessors and I intend to consolidate on them Some of the projects are the construction of the NMA House publishing a journal and issuing identity cards to members There are some of our doctors that are lagging behind when it comes to welfare payment of salaries I intend to look into those issues he said He added that the association would collaborate with governmental and non governmental organisations as well as security agencies in protecting medical personnel in the state According to him doctors are now soft targets of criminals and it is necessary to provide the latter adequate security to enable them to discharge their duties effectively I intend to digitise some of our projects and sustain our fight against quackery We need to digitise it in such a way that it will be easy for the public to report cases of quackery Anenga said According to him healthcare expertise is available in Benue and so people need not travel to India to get a service that is readily available in the state On brain drain he said most medical doctors moved to other countries because over there their welfare is being taken care of with better pay and good infrastructure One of our activities is to advocate for an improvement in the funding of the healthcare sector Healthcare should take at least 15 per cent of budget allocation but we are struggling to reach 5 per cent in this country It is my intention that we will try to do advocacy to increase funding and by increasing funding the remuneration of doctors will increase doctors will be paid salaries as when due and better welfare packages for them Even the health infrastructure will be more available in our hospitals so that condition of service will be better for doctors Anenga said nanews NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Benue NMA to interrogate gubernatorial candidates over their health sector plans
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    Benue NMA to interrogate gubernatorial candidates over their health sector plans

     The new Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Benue, Dr Usha Anenga, says the group will organise a forum to interact with governorship candidates on their plans for the health sector.

    Anenga, who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Makurdi, said that the interaction was necessary in view of the poor health facilities in the state.

    “I want to invite the top aspirants of the top political parties seeking the governorship position to come and speak to us.

    “Our primary level of healthcare is almost non-existent in the country and this has put a lot of weight on secondary health facilities which are also in comatose and then the tertiary health system.

    “Our advocacy is that both level of healthcare should be well funded, better staffed, better health infrastructure and better consumables,” he added.

    The NMA chairman also said that the interaction would focus on the need to strengthen the state health insurance scheme.

    “What health insurance does is it provides healthcare and makes it available.

    “When you have qualified personnel and infrastructure but the people cannot afford it, is not encouraging.

    “It is to ensure that the Benue health insurance agency is up and running, so that the people too can benefit from it,” Anenga said.

    He said that the doctors planned to hold health outreach while marking their week, to offer basic treatment to patients in rural areas.

    This, he said, was to highlight the importance of primary health centres and encourage government to invest in such facilities.

    “Most of the illnesses are in the communities.

    “If we carry out these outreaches, do medical and surgical consultations, conduct free surgeries, I think that will go a long way in reducing the burden of illnesses in our communities,” he said.

    The NMA chief pledged to initiate programmes that would improve the condition of medical doctors in the state, including their welfare and workplaces.

    “There are some projects that were initiated by my predecessors and I intend to consolidate on them.

    “Some of the projects are the construction of the NMA House, publishing a journal and issuing identity cards to members.

    “There are some of our doctors that are lagging behind when it comes to welfare, payment of salaries.

    I intend to look into those issues,” he said.

    He added that the association would collaborate with governmental and non-governmental organisations, as well as security agencies in protecting medical personnel in the state.

    According to him, doctors are now soft targets of criminals and it is necessary to provide the latter adequate security to enable them to discharge their duties effectively.

    “I intend to digitise some of our projects and sustain our fight against quackery.

    “We need to digitise it in such a way that it will be easy for the public to report cases of quackery,” Anenga said.

    According to him, healthcare expertise is available in Benue and so people need not travel to India to get a service that is readily available in the state.

    On brain drain, he said most medical doctors moved to other countries because over there, their “welfare is being taken care of, with better pay and good infrastructure.

    “One of our activities is to advocate for an improvement in the funding of the healthcare sector.

    “Healthcare should take at least 15 per cent of budget allocation, but we are struggling to reach 5 per cent in this country.

    “It is my intention that we will try to do advocacy to increase funding and by increasing funding, the remuneration of doctors will increase, doctors will be paid salaries as when due and better welfare packages for them.

    “Even the health infrastructure will be more available in our hospitals so that condition of service will be better for doctors,” Anenga said.

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  •  The Ilorin Emirate Medical Group IEMG on Saturday in Ilorin offered free medical treatment and drugs to more than 500 patients in Balogun Gambari area of Ilorin Speaking on the sidelines of the outreach Prof Ayisha Gobir the President of the Group explained that the outreach was part of the 2022 Annual General Meeting AGM She noted that the medical consultations and drugs were part of the humanitarian and community engagement policy thrusts of the association The outreach is taking place at Balogun Gambari area to honour our traditional institutions We collaborated with various well meaning organisations the Joint Balogun Gambari Development Association individuals and organisations who supported our programmes The outreach is focused on common illnesses that can cause death including hypertension diabetes gastroenteritis and malaria among others she said Gobir who teaches at the Faculty of Basic Medical Science of the University of Ilorin said that many children also benefitted from the outreach as they were treated for some childhood diseases such as coughing and deworming Similarly the don noted that the Association s AGM included Career Counselling across some selected schools in Ilorin so as to guide them of their choice of profession She observed that the ongoing ASUU strike would not prevent them from doing their community service adding that even though they were not teaching for now they engaged in research publishing of papers and community service Also Dr Abdullahi Ahmed the Vice Chairman of the group observed that there were many Nigerians with various health challenges and could not access health care due to poverty He observed that such outreach was a means of reaching out to the indigents in the society where they were treated free of charge and at their doorsteps in their communities Ahmed who is also the Kwara Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association NMA advocated that the only way to cater for the health of Nigerians was through the Health Insurance while commending the Federal and State Governments for making it available for the indigents to access He explained further that the artisans and small job owners could access Health Insurance in Kwara for a token of N6 000 annually Also Dr Hafsat Ahmed of the Department of Epidemiology of the University of Ilorin admonished Nigerians against self mediaction She urged Kwara residents and Nigerians at large to always visit hospitals before the consumption of drugs Ahmed however observed that some patients could not even afford N500 for consultation fee in hospital while observing that the association felt the free community services such as this would certainly come to their aid Malam Mohammed Balogun the President of the of Balogun Gambari Youth Movement commemded the doctors for the selfless act for the needy and commitment to the community development NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ilorin Emirate doctors offer free medical treatment to 500 patients
     The Ilorin Emirate Medical Group IEMG on Saturday in Ilorin offered free medical treatment and drugs to more than 500 patients in Balogun Gambari area of Ilorin Speaking on the sidelines of the outreach Prof Ayisha Gobir the President of the Group explained that the outreach was part of the 2022 Annual General Meeting AGM She noted that the medical consultations and drugs were part of the humanitarian and community engagement policy thrusts of the association The outreach is taking place at Balogun Gambari area to honour our traditional institutions We collaborated with various well meaning organisations the Joint Balogun Gambari Development Association individuals and organisations who supported our programmes The outreach is focused on common illnesses that can cause death including hypertension diabetes gastroenteritis and malaria among others she said Gobir who teaches at the Faculty of Basic Medical Science of the University of Ilorin said that many children also benefitted from the outreach as they were treated for some childhood diseases such as coughing and deworming Similarly the don noted that the Association s AGM included Career Counselling across some selected schools in Ilorin so as to guide them of their choice of profession She observed that the ongoing ASUU strike would not prevent them from doing their community service adding that even though they were not teaching for now they engaged in research publishing of papers and community service Also Dr Abdullahi Ahmed the Vice Chairman of the group observed that there were many Nigerians with various health challenges and could not access health care due to poverty He observed that such outreach was a means of reaching out to the indigents in the society where they were treated free of charge and at their doorsteps in their communities Ahmed who is also the Kwara Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association NMA advocated that the only way to cater for the health of Nigerians was through the Health Insurance while commending the Federal and State Governments for making it available for the indigents to access He explained further that the artisans and small job owners could access Health Insurance in Kwara for a token of N6 000 annually Also Dr Hafsat Ahmed of the Department of Epidemiology of the University of Ilorin admonished Nigerians against self mediaction She urged Kwara residents and Nigerians at large to always visit hospitals before the consumption of drugs Ahmed however observed that some patients could not even afford N500 for consultation fee in hospital while observing that the association felt the free community services such as this would certainly come to their aid Malam Mohammed Balogun the President of the of Balogun Gambari Youth Movement commemded the doctors for the selfless act for the needy and commitment to the community development NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ilorin Emirate doctors offer free medical treatment to 500 patients
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    Ilorin Emirate doctors offer free medical treatment to 500 patients

    The Ilorin Emirate Medical Group (IEMG) on Saturday in Ilorin offered free medical treatment and drugs to more than 500 patients in Balogun Gambari area of Ilorin.

    Speaking on the sidelines of the outreach, Prof. Ayisha Gobir, the President of the Group, explained that the outreach was part of the 2022 Annual General Meeting (AGM).

    She noted that the medical consultations and drugs were part of the humanitarian and community engagement policy thrusts of the association.

    “The outreach is taking place at Balogun Gambari area to honour our traditional institutions.

    “We collaborated with various well meaning organisations; the Joint Balogun Gambari Development Association,  individuals and organisations who supported our programmes.

    “The outreach is focused on common illnesses that can cause death, including hypertension, diabetes, gastroenteritis and malaria among others,” she said.

    Gobir, who teaches at the Faculty of Basic Medical Science of the University of Ilorin, said that many children also benefitted from the outreach as they were treated for some childhood diseases such as coughing and deworming.

    Similarly, the don noted that the Association’s AGM included Career Counselling across some selected schools in Ilorin, so as to guide them of their choice of profession.

    She observed that the ongoing ASUU strike would not prevent them from doing their community service, adding that even though they were not teaching for now, they engaged in research, publishing of papers and community service.

    Also, Dr Abdullahi Ahmed, the Vice -Chairman of the group, observed that there were many Nigerians with various health challenges and could not access health care due to poverty.

    He observed that such outreach was a means of reaching out to the indigents in the society where they were treated free of charge and at their doorsteps in their communities.

    Ahmed who is also the Kwara Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), advocated that the only way to cater for the health of Nigerians was through the Health Insurance, while commending the Federal and State Governments for making it available for the indigents to access.

    He explained further that the artisans and small job owners could access Health Insurance in Kwara for a token of N6,000 annually.

    Also Dr Hafsat Ahmed, of the Department of Epidemiology of the University of Ilorin admonished Nigerians against self mediaction.

    She urged Kwara residents and Nigerians at large to always visit hospitals before the consumption of drugs.

    Ahmed, however, observed that some patients could not even afford N500 for consultation fee in hospital, while observing that the association felt the free community services such as this would certainly come to their aid.

    Malam Mohammed Balogun, the President of the of Balogun Gambari Youth Movement, commemded the doctors for the selfless act for the needy and commitment to the community development.


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  •   The launch today in New York of a 17 signature Ministerial Declaration calling for recognition of the Local Climate Responsive Living Fund as an existing Non Commercial Approach under the Paris Agreement could ministers say unlock significant additional climate finance for adaptation to the impacts of climate change The statement made by some of the world s most vulnerable nations to the impacts of climate change follows recent commitments by COP27 host Egypt to make the November climate conference an opportunity to focus on implementation rather than further negotiation of existing texts and agreements The document presented at the event Making Paris Work for People Adaptation at Scale in Climate Vulnerable Nations is signed by some 17 ministers from LoCAL participating countries and brings together a series of joint commitments to increase climate finance total available nations vulnerable to climate change The signatories represent countries facing some of the worst impacts of climate change but with limited resources to adapt The Local Climate Responsive Living Fund is a proven financial mechanism a solution that is already being implemented said the Hon Prof Wilson K Tarpeh Executive Director and Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency in Liberia at today s event Making Paris Work for the People part of the New York Climate Week activities program and a side event to the UN General Assembly Let us work together at COP27 for the adoption of LoCAL as an existing non commercial approach to expand and boost access to climate finance as set out in this Ministerial Declaration With our joint cooperation let us work together to ensure that the The Local Climate Adaptable Life Fund is included in the final document of the COP27 in Egypt And make sure this COP the Africa COP is a solutions COP added the Hon Prof Wilson K Tarpeh The LoCAL Fund is a mechanism to channel financing to local governments for locally directed adaptation to the impacts of climate change and designed by the United Nations Capital Development Fund about ten years ago UNCDF Executive Secretary Preeti Sinha officially opened the event in New York Some 32 countries in Africa Asia the Caribbean and the Pacific are currently designing or implementing their adaptation actions with the LoCAL Fund which has mobilized more than US 125 million for adaptation to date The Ministerial Declaration which builds on intergovernmental discussions held at a meeting of the 9th Annual Board Meeting and the LoCAL Ministerial Meeting in May this year also includes a UNCDF commitment to grow the LoCAL Facility through a US 500 million facility by 2027 This ambitious goal replaces an earlier goal of doubling the size of the facility within the same time period after that goal appears to be met before the end of 2022 LOCAL countries Cambodia The Gambia and C te d Ivoire have made submissions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC formally requesting that LoCAL be recognized as an existing NMA and assist their country in achieving their Nationally Determined Contributions NDCs Kenya although not a LoCAL country made a similar presentation as did UNCDF in its capacity as a UN observer at UNFCCC meetings Those presentations were presented at the Bonn Climate Change Conference in June 2022 Today s event adds momentum to the Bonn presentation with ministers and high level participants from Cambodia Jamaica Liberia and Niger calling for recognition of the NMA to achieve greater adaptation financing for African nations Small Island Developing States SIDS and LDCs Many speakers highlighted the fact that while their countries are feeling some of the most acute impacts of climate change they as pre industrial nations have contributed the least to the carbon emissions fueling the crisis We know in Jamaica that climate impacts at the local level our towns and cities our coastal towns and communities and we fully support and are committed to any effort to build the capacities of our local governments so that they can better serve communities and perform the adaptation projects that their constituents need and ask for said the Honorable Matthew Samuda Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation in Jamaica and LoCAL Ministerial Ambassador who delivered the keynote address As a new LoCAL Ambassador I hope we can come together to drive action and secure LoCAL as an existing non commercial approach following Article 6 8 and other desperately needed climate finance The LoCAL approach combines increased climate finance with capacity construction technical support and opportunities for South South learning and exchange LoCAL combines Performance Based Climate Resilience Grants PBCRGs in the form of financial top ups to local government budgets and resources to cover additional costs of climate change adaptation These grants ensure the programming and verification of climate change related expenditures at the local level while providing strong incentives to improve performance on improved resilience through technical support and capacity development LoCAL pilots were first launched more than a decade ago in Bhutan and Cambodia where LoCAL is currently located being implemented at the national level We have seen that LoCAL works said Dr Tin Ponlok Cambodian Secretary of State for the Ministry of the Environment speaking via video link from Phnom Pen To date we have delivered 538 adaptation investments across the country using LoCAL and the performance based climate resilience grant system Many of these are relatively small infrastructure investments roads small bridges water supply etc But they have a massive impact on participating communities allowing them to better withstand the often dire impacts of climate change Furthermore LoCAL builds on the capacity of local government authorities and gives a voice to the communities where it is being implemented through local community consultations Ministers said that the LoCAL approach had much to recommend it including its focus on the use and strengthening of national capacities LoCAL is not a parallel system or an add on program It uses national systems to ensure funds reach their destination communities facing climate change said the Hon Prof Wilson K Tarpeh Executive Director and CEO of the Liberian Environmental Protection Agency Y LoCAL it comes with an agreed monitoring reporting and verification process The Honorable Prof Wilson K Tarpeh Executive Director and Director General of the Liberian Environmental Protection Agency speaking at the 9th Board Meeting in Brussels this year LoCAL participating countries own and direct the future direction of the LoCAL Fund through the LoCAL Board co chaired by the Permanent Representative to the United Nations of the country leading the LDC group at UN Headquarters in New York the President of the LDC group before the UNFCCC together with the Director of Local Transformative Finance of UNCDF Belgium is one of the countries that supports LoCAL with funds most recently for the launch of LoCAL in Mozambique and Uganda Speaking at Tuesday s event Heidy Rombouts Director General for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid at the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs highlighted the potential of countries coming together to highlight adaptation needs underlining the value of LoCAL as a means to unlock collective action The LoCAL mechanism is delivering at scale LoCAL has engaged more than 300 local governments and benefited more than 12 5 million people With the formal recognition of LoCAL as an existing NMA at COP27 the ministers hope that funding can be unlocked for the national deployment of LoCAL in the 32 countries involved in the mechanism this would generate adaptation results for more than 600 million people on the front lines of climate change This event is an important step on the road to COP27 in Egypt from which we have great expectations The COP Presidency has repeatedly called for action not words implementation and not promises said the Honorable Ms Garama Saratou Rabiou Inoussa Minister for the Environment and Combating Desertification speaking in a video message from Niamey the capital of Niger Niger supports the recognition of the LoCAL mechanism as a non market approach under Article 6 8 of the Paris Agreement To engage LoCAL interested governments can submit formal requests to UNCDF to launch the design phase and start raising funding Learn more about Climate Week New York and how we re getting involved
    Ministers prepare for COP27 with a commitment to use the Paris Agreement to boost access to finance for adaptation
      The launch today in New York of a 17 signature Ministerial Declaration calling for recognition of the Local Climate Responsive Living Fund as an existing Non Commercial Approach under the Paris Agreement could ministers say unlock significant additional climate finance for adaptation to the impacts of climate change The statement made by some of the world s most vulnerable nations to the impacts of climate change follows recent commitments by COP27 host Egypt to make the November climate conference an opportunity to focus on implementation rather than further negotiation of existing texts and agreements The document presented at the event Making Paris Work for People Adaptation at Scale in Climate Vulnerable Nations is signed by some 17 ministers from LoCAL participating countries and brings together a series of joint commitments to increase climate finance total available nations vulnerable to climate change The signatories represent countries facing some of the worst impacts of climate change but with limited resources to adapt The Local Climate Responsive Living Fund is a proven financial mechanism a solution that is already being implemented said the Hon Prof Wilson K Tarpeh Executive Director and Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency in Liberia at today s event Making Paris Work for the People part of the New York Climate Week activities program and a side event to the UN General Assembly Let us work together at COP27 for the adoption of LoCAL as an existing non commercial approach to expand and boost access to climate finance as set out in this Ministerial Declaration With our joint cooperation let us work together to ensure that the The Local Climate Adaptable Life Fund is included in the final document of the COP27 in Egypt And make sure this COP the Africa COP is a solutions COP added the Hon Prof Wilson K Tarpeh The LoCAL Fund is a mechanism to channel financing to local governments for locally directed adaptation to the impacts of climate change and designed by the United Nations Capital Development Fund about ten years ago UNCDF Executive Secretary Preeti Sinha officially opened the event in New York Some 32 countries in Africa Asia the Caribbean and the Pacific are currently designing or implementing their adaptation actions with the LoCAL Fund which has mobilized more than US 125 million for adaptation to date The Ministerial Declaration which builds on intergovernmental discussions held at a meeting of the 9th Annual Board Meeting and the LoCAL Ministerial Meeting in May this year also includes a UNCDF commitment to grow the LoCAL Facility through a US 500 million facility by 2027 This ambitious goal replaces an earlier goal of doubling the size of the facility within the same time period after that goal appears to be met before the end of 2022 LOCAL countries Cambodia The Gambia and C te d Ivoire have made submissions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC formally requesting that LoCAL be recognized as an existing NMA and assist their country in achieving their Nationally Determined Contributions NDCs Kenya although not a LoCAL country made a similar presentation as did UNCDF in its capacity as a UN observer at UNFCCC meetings Those presentations were presented at the Bonn Climate Change Conference in June 2022 Today s event adds momentum to the Bonn presentation with ministers and high level participants from Cambodia Jamaica Liberia and Niger calling for recognition of the NMA to achieve greater adaptation financing for African nations Small Island Developing States SIDS and LDCs Many speakers highlighted the fact that while their countries are feeling some of the most acute impacts of climate change they as pre industrial nations have contributed the least to the carbon emissions fueling the crisis We know in Jamaica that climate impacts at the local level our towns and cities our coastal towns and communities and we fully support and are committed to any effort to build the capacities of our local governments so that they can better serve communities and perform the adaptation projects that their constituents need and ask for said the Honorable Matthew Samuda Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation in Jamaica and LoCAL Ministerial Ambassador who delivered the keynote address As a new LoCAL Ambassador I hope we can come together to drive action and secure LoCAL as an existing non commercial approach following Article 6 8 and other desperately needed climate finance The LoCAL approach combines increased climate finance with capacity construction technical support and opportunities for South South learning and exchange LoCAL combines Performance Based Climate Resilience Grants PBCRGs in the form of financial top ups to local government budgets and resources to cover additional costs of climate change adaptation These grants ensure the programming and verification of climate change related expenditures at the local level while providing strong incentives to improve performance on improved resilience through technical support and capacity development LoCAL pilots were first launched more than a decade ago in Bhutan and Cambodia where LoCAL is currently located being implemented at the national level We have seen that LoCAL works said Dr Tin Ponlok Cambodian Secretary of State for the Ministry of the Environment speaking via video link from Phnom Pen To date we have delivered 538 adaptation investments across the country using LoCAL and the performance based climate resilience grant system Many of these are relatively small infrastructure investments roads small bridges water supply etc But they have a massive impact on participating communities allowing them to better withstand the often dire impacts of climate change Furthermore LoCAL builds on the capacity of local government authorities and gives a voice to the communities where it is being implemented through local community consultations Ministers said that the LoCAL approach had much to recommend it including its focus on the use and strengthening of national capacities LoCAL is not a parallel system or an add on program It uses national systems to ensure funds reach their destination communities facing climate change said the Hon Prof Wilson K Tarpeh Executive Director and CEO of the Liberian Environmental Protection Agency Y LoCAL it comes with an agreed monitoring reporting and verification process The Honorable Prof Wilson K Tarpeh Executive Director and Director General of the Liberian Environmental Protection Agency speaking at the 9th Board Meeting in Brussels this year LoCAL participating countries own and direct the future direction of the LoCAL Fund through the LoCAL Board co chaired by the Permanent Representative to the United Nations of the country leading the LDC group at UN Headquarters in New York the President of the LDC group before the UNFCCC together with the Director of Local Transformative Finance of UNCDF Belgium is one of the countries that supports LoCAL with funds most recently for the launch of LoCAL in Mozambique and Uganda Speaking at Tuesday s event Heidy Rombouts Director General for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid at the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs highlighted the potential of countries coming together to highlight adaptation needs underlining the value of LoCAL as a means to unlock collective action The LoCAL mechanism is delivering at scale LoCAL has engaged more than 300 local governments and benefited more than 12 5 million people With the formal recognition of LoCAL as an existing NMA at COP27 the ministers hope that funding can be unlocked for the national deployment of LoCAL in the 32 countries involved in the mechanism this would generate adaptation results for more than 600 million people on the front lines of climate change This event is an important step on the road to COP27 in Egypt from which we have great expectations The COP Presidency has repeatedly called for action not words implementation and not promises said the Honorable Ms Garama Saratou Rabiou Inoussa Minister for the Environment and Combating Desertification speaking in a video message from Niamey the capital of Niger Niger supports the recognition of the LoCAL mechanism as a non market approach under Article 6 8 of the Paris Agreement To engage LoCAL interested governments can submit formal requests to UNCDF to launch the design phase and start raising funding Learn more about Climate Week New York and how we re getting involved
    Ministers prepare for COP27 with a commitment to use the Paris Agreement to boost access to finance for adaptation
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    Ministers prepare for COP27 with a commitment to use the Paris Agreement to boost access to finance for adaptation

    The launch today in New York of a 17-signature Ministerial Declaration calling for recognition of the Local Climate Responsive Living Fund as an existing Non-Commercial Approach under the Paris Agreement could, ministers say, unlock significant additional climate finance for adaptation to the impacts of climate change.

    The statement, made by some of the world's most vulnerable nations to the impacts of climate change, follows recent commitments by COP27 host Egypt to make the November climate conference an opportunity to focus on implementation rather than further negotiation of existing texts and agreements.

    The document, presented at the event 'Making Paris Work for People: Adaptation at Scale in Climate-Vulnerable Nations', is signed by some 17 ministers from LoCAL participating countries and brings together a series of joint commitments to increase climate finance total available.

    nations vulnerable to climate change.

    The signatories represent countries facing some of the worst impacts of climate change but with limited resources to adapt.

    “The Local Climate Responsive Living Fund is a proven financial mechanism, a solution that is already being implemented,” said the Hon Prof. Wilson K.

    Tarpeh, Executive Director and Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency in Liberia.

    at today's event 'Making Paris Work for the People', part of the New York Climate Week activities program and a side event to the UN General Assembly.

    “Let us work together at COP27 for the adoption of LoCAL as an existing non-commercial approach to expand and boost access to climate finance, as set out in this Ministerial Declaration… With our joint cooperation, let us work together to ensure that the The Local Climate Adaptable Life Fund is included in the final document of the COP27 in Egypt.

    And make sure this COP, the “Africa COP”, is a solutions COP,” added the Hon Prof. Wilson K.

    Tarpeh.

    The LoCAL Fund is a mechanism to channel financing to local governments for locally directed adaptation to the impacts of climate change and designed by the United Nations Capital Development Fund about ten years ago; UNCDF Executive Secretary Preeti Sinha officially opened the event in New York. Some 32 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific are currently designing or implementing their adaptation actions with the LoCAL Fund, which has mobilized more than US$125 million for adaptation to date.

    The Ministerial Declaration, which builds on intergovernmental discussions held at a meeting of the 9th Annual Board Meeting and the LoCAL Ministerial Meeting in May this year, also includes a UNCDF commitment to grow the LoCAL Facility through a US$500 million facility by 2027.

    This ambitious goal replaces an earlier goal of doubling the size of the facility within the same time period after that goal appears to be met before the end of 2022.

    LOCAL countries Cambodia, The Gambia and Côte d'Ivoire have made submissions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), formally requesting that LoCAL be recognized as an existing NMA and assist their country in achieving their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

    Kenya, although not a LoCAL country, made a similar presentation, as did UNCDF in its capacity as a UN observer at UNFCCC meetings.

    Those presentations were presented at the Bonn Climate Change Conference in June 2022.

    Today's event adds momentum to the Bonn presentation with ministers and high-level participants from Cambodia, Jamaica, Liberia and Niger calling for recognition of the NMA to achieve greater adaptation financing for African nations.

    , Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and LDCs. Many speakers highlighted the fact that while their countries are feeling some of the most acute impacts of climate change, they, as pre-industrial nations, have contributed the least to the carbon emissions fueling the crisis.

    “ We know in Jamaica that climate impacts at the local level: our towns and cities, our coastal towns and communities and we fully support and are committed to any effort to build the capacities of our local governments so that they can better serve communities and perform the adaptation projects that their constituents need and ask for.” said the Honorable Matthew Samuda, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation in Jamaica and LoCAL Ministerial Ambassador who delivered the keynote address.

    "As a new LoCAL Ambassador, I hope we can come together to drive action and secure LoCAL as an existing non-commercial approach following Article 6.8 and other desperately needed climate finance."

    The LoCAL approach combines increased climate finance with capacity.

    construction, technical support, and opportunities for South-South learning and exchange LoCAL combines Performance-Based Climate Resilience Grants (PBCRGs), in the form of financial top-ups to local government budgets and resources to cover additional costs of climate change adaptation These grants ensure the programming and verification of climate change-related expenditures at the local level, while providing strong incentives to improve performance on improved resilience through technical support and capacity development.

    LoCAL pilots were first launched more than a decade ago in Bhutan and Cambodia, where LoCAL is currently located.

    being implemented at the national level.

    “We have seen that LoCAL works,” said Dr. Tin Ponlok, Cambodian Secretary of State for the Ministry of the Environment, speaking via video link from Phnom Pen. “To date, we have delivered 538 adaptation investments across the country using LoCAL and the performance-based climate resilience grant system.

    Many of these are relatively small infrastructure investments: roads, small bridges, water supply, etc.

    But they have a massive impact on participating communities, allowing them to better withstand the often dire impacts of climate change.” Furthermore, LoCAL builds on the capacity of local government authorities and gives a voice to the communities where it is being implemented through local community consultations.

    Ministers said that the LoCAL approach had much to recommend it, including its focus on the use and strengthening of national capacities.

    “LoCAL is not a parallel system or an 'add-on' program.

    It uses national systems to ensure funds reach their destination – communities facing climate change,” said the Hon Prof. Wilson K.

    Tarpeh, Executive Director and CEO of the Liberian Environmental Protection Agency.

    "Y, [LoCAL] it comes with an agreed monitoring, reporting and verification process.” The Honorable Prof. Wilson K.

    Tarpeh, Executive Director and Director General of the Liberian Environmental Protection Agency speaking at the 9th Board Meeting in Brussels this year.

    LoCAL participating countries own and direct the future direction of the LoCAL Fund through the LoCAL Board, co-chaired by the Permanent Representative to the United Nations of the country leading the LDC group at UN Headquarters in New York, the President of the LDC group before the UNFCCC, together with the Director of Local Transformative Finance of UNCDF.

    Belgium is one of the countries that supports LoCAL with funds, most recently for the launch of LoCAL in Mozambique and Uganda.

    Speaking at Tuesday's event, Heidy Rombouts, Director General for Development, Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid at the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, highlighted the potential of countries coming together to highlight adaptation needs, underlining the value of LoCAL as a means to "unlock collective action".

    The LoCAL mechanism is delivering at scale: LoCAL has engaged more than 300 local governments and benefited more than 12.5 million people.

    With the formal recognition of LoCAL as an existing NMA at COP27, the ministers hope that funding can be unlocked for the national deployment of LoCAL in the 32 countries involved in the mechanism; this would generate adaptation results for more than 600 million people on the front lines of climate change.

    "This event is an important step on the road to COP27 in Egypt, from which we have great expectations...

    The COP Presidency has repeatedly called for action, not words; implementation, and not promises," said the Honorable Ms. Garama Saratou Rabiou Inoussa, Minister for the Environment and Combating Desertification, speaking in a video message from Niamey, the capital of Niger: “Niger supports the recognition of the LoCAL mechanism as a non-market approach under Article 6.8 of the Paris Agreement.

    .” To engage LoCAL, interested governments can submit formal requests to UNCDF to launch the design phase and start raising funding Learn more about Climate Week New York and how we're getting involved.

  •  The Nigeria Medical Association NMA has urged the Federal Government to ensure payment of the newly approved hazard allowance to its members within the next two months A communique issued at the end of the association s August National Executive Council NEC meeting on Sunday in Gombe The communique which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja was signed by the NMA President Dr Uche Ojinmah and the Secretary General Dr Jide Onyekwelu The association further resolved to continue the engagement using every lawful means to ensure the payment of the said allowance The group said that it observed the slow progress made towards the implementation of the new hazard allowance and the attempt to exclude doctors in Ministries Departments Agencies MDAs and those in Basic Medical Faculties in Universities It also said it had observed that some state governments have always shied away from complying with upward review of salaries and allowances to doctors in state service NEC observed with joy the fact that Delta State Government has already started paying the newly approved hazard allowance NEC also insisted on universal applicability in the implementation of the new hazard allowance for all doctors working in Federal State and Local Government establishments On the issue of brain drain of medical doctors the association said that it was disappointed with the failure of government at all levels to address the Push factors propelling brain drain This has led to the mass exodus of doctors and other health workers for greener pastures It said that unless drastic measures were deployed by governments to stem the tide of brain drain the already bad national health indices may eventually spiral out of control thereby leaving Nigeria at the bottom rung among the comity of nations According to the communique the doctors decried the action of the Federal Government acting through Federal Ministry of Health in sponsoring a bill on the Establishment of Traditional Complementary and Alternative Medicine Regulatory Board in the country It said that the group observed that some components of the Bill would be in conflict with the statutory functions of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria MDCN The association however commended the security agencies for their sacrifice and urged them to do more It also called on all strata of government to protect all lives and property in Nigeria It also appreciated the efforts of government at all levels and healthcare workers for the spirited fight against Monkey Pox and other re emerging diseases It urged the government to institute more rigorous and continuous surveillance systems It also advocated strict international health travel measures improved international co operation and data sharing rebuilding of public health infrastructure to prevent and control vector borne and zoonotic diseases It added that the government should institute multidisciplinary collaboration using One Health approach for prompt diagnosis and treatment conduct primary as well as translational research in management of infectious diseases NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NMA urges FG to pay new hazard allowance in 2 months
     The Nigeria Medical Association NMA has urged the Federal Government to ensure payment of the newly approved hazard allowance to its members within the next two months A communique issued at the end of the association s August National Executive Council NEC meeting on Sunday in Gombe The communique which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja was signed by the NMA President Dr Uche Ojinmah and the Secretary General Dr Jide Onyekwelu The association further resolved to continue the engagement using every lawful means to ensure the payment of the said allowance The group said that it observed the slow progress made towards the implementation of the new hazard allowance and the attempt to exclude doctors in Ministries Departments Agencies MDAs and those in Basic Medical Faculties in Universities It also said it had observed that some state governments have always shied away from complying with upward review of salaries and allowances to doctors in state service NEC observed with joy the fact that Delta State Government has already started paying the newly approved hazard allowance NEC also insisted on universal applicability in the implementation of the new hazard allowance for all doctors working in Federal State and Local Government establishments On the issue of brain drain of medical doctors the association said that it was disappointed with the failure of government at all levels to address the Push factors propelling brain drain This has led to the mass exodus of doctors and other health workers for greener pastures It said that unless drastic measures were deployed by governments to stem the tide of brain drain the already bad national health indices may eventually spiral out of control thereby leaving Nigeria at the bottom rung among the comity of nations According to the communique the doctors decried the action of the Federal Government acting through Federal Ministry of Health in sponsoring a bill on the Establishment of Traditional Complementary and Alternative Medicine Regulatory Board in the country It said that the group observed that some components of the Bill would be in conflict with the statutory functions of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria MDCN The association however commended the security agencies for their sacrifice and urged them to do more It also called on all strata of government to protect all lives and property in Nigeria It also appreciated the efforts of government at all levels and healthcare workers for the spirited fight against Monkey Pox and other re emerging diseases It urged the government to institute more rigorous and continuous surveillance systems It also advocated strict international health travel measures improved international co operation and data sharing rebuilding of public health infrastructure to prevent and control vector borne and zoonotic diseases It added that the government should institute multidisciplinary collaboration using One Health approach for prompt diagnosis and treatment conduct primary as well as translational research in management of infectious diseases NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NMA urges FG to pay new hazard allowance in 2 months
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    NMA urges FG to pay new hazard allowance in 2 months

    The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has urged the Federal Government to ensure payment of the newly approved hazard allowance to its members within the next two months.

    A communique issued at the end of the association’s August National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on Sunday in Gombe.

    The communique which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja, was signed by the NMA President, Dr Uche Ojinmah and the Secretary-General Dr Jide Onyekwelu.

    The association further resolved to continue the engagement using every lawful means to ensure the payment of the said allowance.

    The group said that it observed the slow progress made towards the implementation of the new hazard allowance and the attempt to exclude doctors in Ministries, Departments, Agencies (MDAs) and those in Basic Medical Faculties in Universities.

    It also said it had observed that some state governments have always shied away from complying with upward review of salaries and allowances to doctors in state service.

    “NEC observed with joy the fact that Delta State Government has already started paying the newly approved hazard allowance.

    “NEC also insisted on universal applicability in the implementation of the new hazard allowance for all doctors working in Federal, State and Local Government establishments.

    ” On the issue of brain drain of medical doctors, the association said that  it was disappointed with the failure of government at all levels to address the “Push” factors propelling brain drain.

    This has led to the mass exodus of doctors and other health workers for greener pastures.

    It said that unless drastic measures were deployed by governments to stem the tide of brain drain, the already bad national health indices may eventually spiral out of control thereby leaving Nigeria at the bottom rung among the comity of nations.

    According to the communique, the doctors decried the action of the Federal Government acting through Federal Ministry of Health in sponsoring a bill on the Establishment of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine Regulatory Board in the country.

    It said that the group observed that some components of the Bill would be in conflict with the statutory functions of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN).

    The association, however, commended the security agencies for their sacrifice and urged them to do more.

    It also called on all strata of government to protect all lives and property in Nigeria.

    It also appreciated the efforts of government at all levels and healthcare workers for the spirited fight against Monkey Pox and other re-emerging diseases.

    It urged the government to institute more rigorous and continuous  surveillance  systems.

    It also advocated strict  international health travel measures, improved international co-operation and data sharing, rebuilding of public health infrastructure to prevent and control vector-borne and zoonotic diseases.

    It added that the government should institute multidisciplinary collaboration using “One Health” approach for prompt diagnosis and treatment, conduct primary as well as translational research in management of infectious diseases.


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  •  Nigerian Medical Association NMA has urged the National Assembly to review the Traditional Complimentary and Alternative Medicine Board Bill to ensure no ambiguity in the Act The association also decried sponsoring of the bill for establishment of the Traditional Complementary and Alternative Medicine Board in the country National President of the association Dr Uche Ojinmah made the call during a news conference at the end of its National Executive Council NEC on Sunday in Gombe He said the legislation was against the chatter signed by African countries on establishment of board for African Traditional medicine We wish to point out that complementary and alternative medicine is different from traditional medicine and these are domains controlled by dental and medical council And the bill if passed shall conflict with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria MDCN Act We therefore call on government and the National Assembly to quickly amend the title and the functions contained in that bill Let it be Control of African Traditional Medicine but not complementary and alternative medicine which mean a different thing he said He urged the government to expedite action on the extension of doctors retirement age noting that it is the easiest way to stop brain drain in the profession Commenting on hazard allowances Ojinmah said the association had issued two month ultimatum for government to resolve the issue The association also frowned at the insecurity which negated patients and medical personnel to access health facilities in parts of the country The association noted with dismay the security situation and incidence of kidnapping in parts of the country Health workers have been targeted in some communities with some of them kidnapped while discharging their duties he said The president urged government at all levels and security agencies to address the security challenges bedeviling the country According to Ojinmah proctive measures are necessary to control worsening health indicators to effectively tackle brain drain in the sector The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the association has conducted medical outreach in Bajoga Ashaka and Funakaye communities as well as Zainab Bulkacuwa Women And Children Hospital About 1 525 patients with various ailments received free medical consultations tests and surgical procedures www IEI NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NMA asks National Assembly to amend Alternative Medicine Board Bill title
     Nigerian Medical Association NMA has urged the National Assembly to review the Traditional Complimentary and Alternative Medicine Board Bill to ensure no ambiguity in the Act The association also decried sponsoring of the bill for establishment of the Traditional Complementary and Alternative Medicine Board in the country National President of the association Dr Uche Ojinmah made the call during a news conference at the end of its National Executive Council NEC on Sunday in Gombe He said the legislation was against the chatter signed by African countries on establishment of board for African Traditional medicine We wish to point out that complementary and alternative medicine is different from traditional medicine and these are domains controlled by dental and medical council And the bill if passed shall conflict with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria MDCN Act We therefore call on government and the National Assembly to quickly amend the title and the functions contained in that bill Let it be Control of African Traditional Medicine but not complementary and alternative medicine which mean a different thing he said He urged the government to expedite action on the extension of doctors retirement age noting that it is the easiest way to stop brain drain in the profession Commenting on hazard allowances Ojinmah said the association had issued two month ultimatum for government to resolve the issue The association also frowned at the insecurity which negated patients and medical personnel to access health facilities in parts of the country The association noted with dismay the security situation and incidence of kidnapping in parts of the country Health workers have been targeted in some communities with some of them kidnapped while discharging their duties he said The president urged government at all levels and security agencies to address the security challenges bedeviling the country According to Ojinmah proctive measures are necessary to control worsening health indicators to effectively tackle brain drain in the sector The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the association has conducted medical outreach in Bajoga Ashaka and Funakaye communities as well as Zainab Bulkacuwa Women And Children Hospital About 1 525 patients with various ailments received free medical consultations tests and surgical procedures www IEI NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NMA asks National Assembly to amend Alternative Medicine Board Bill title
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    NMA asks National Assembly to amend Alternative Medicine Board Bill title

    Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has urged the National Assembly to review the Traditional, Complimentary and Alternative Medicine Board Bill to ensure no ambiguity in the Act. The association also decried sponsoring of the bill for establishment of the Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine Board in the country.

    National President of the association, Dr Uche Ojinmah made the call during a news conference at the end of its National Executive Council (NEC) on Sunday in Gombe.

    He said the legislation was against the chatter signed by African countries on establishment of board for African Traditional medicine.

    “We wish to point out that complementary and alternative medicine is different from traditional medicine and these are domains controlled by dental and medical council.

    “And the bill if passed, shall conflict with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) Act. “We, therefore, call on government and the National Assembly to quickly amend the title and the functions contained in that bill.

    “Let it be Control of African Traditional Medicine but not complementary and alternative medicine which mean a different thing,” he said He urged the government to expedite action on the extension of doctors’ retirement age, noting that it is the easiest way to stop brain drain in the profession.

    Commenting on hazard allowances, Ojinmah said the association had issued two-month ultimatum for government to resolve the issue.

    The association also frowned at the insecurity which negated patients and medical personnel to access health facilities in parts of the country.

    “The association noted with dismay the security situation and incidence of kidnapping in parts of the country.

    “Health workers have been targeted in some communities with some of them kidnapped while discharging their duties,” he said.

    The president urged government at all levels and security agencies to address the security challenges bedeviling the country. 

    According to Ojinmah, proctive measures are necessary to control worsening health indicators to effectively tackle brain drain in the sector.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the association has conducted medical outreach in Bajoga, Ashaka and Funakaye communities  as well as Zainab Bulkacuwa Women And Children Hospital.

    About 1,525 patients with various ailments received free medical consultations, tests and surgical procedures.

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    IEI
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  •  The Nigeria Medical Association NMA has urged the Federal Government to allocate more fund to the health sector to improve health indices in the country The National President of the association Dr Uche Ojinmah made the call on the sideline of the National Executive Meeting NEC in Gombe on Thursday The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the meeting is Healthcare Delivery in the face of Insecurity He said the call was imperative to improve the health indices through increased funding provision of equipment and adequate manpower in health facilities across the country He also advocated better remuneration for medical personnel and provision of conducive working environment to check brain drain in the medical profession The president frowned at the spate of quacks among medical professionals adding that the association was collaborating with Directorate of Medical Services to get rid of quackery in the sector Also speaking President Elect World Medical Association Dr Osahon Enabulele expressed concern over the negative impact of insecurity on healthcare service delivery in the country He said the trend resulted to migration of healthcare personnel and depletion of human resources in the sector Earlier Dr Khalifa Abdulsalam Chairman NMA Gombe State chapter commended members of the association for their sacrifices and service to humanity As we work in challenging situations and conditions we should also strive to give our best to the society we serve As the issues when carefully addressed will improve the current indices of health statistics in our dear country both infrastructure and human resources as well as quality service delivery he said Gov Inuwa Yahaya said his administration had accorded priority to health sector through rehabilitation of 114 primary health facilities to enhance quality healthcare service delivery at the grassroots Yahaya represented by his deputy Manassah Jatau said the state government had constructed referral hospitals in each of the three senatorial districts and established the state Contributory Healthcare Management Agency This he said would enable the citizens to access quality and affordable healthcare services towards achieving the Universal Health Coverage NAN reports that the association also conducted a two day medical outreach in Bayo Ashaka Funakaye and Gombe metropolis www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Health indices: NMA seeks more funding for health sector
     The Nigeria Medical Association NMA has urged the Federal Government to allocate more fund to the health sector to improve health indices in the country The National President of the association Dr Uche Ojinmah made the call on the sideline of the National Executive Meeting NEC in Gombe on Thursday The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the meeting is Healthcare Delivery in the face of Insecurity He said the call was imperative to improve the health indices through increased funding provision of equipment and adequate manpower in health facilities across the country He also advocated better remuneration for medical personnel and provision of conducive working environment to check brain drain in the medical profession The president frowned at the spate of quacks among medical professionals adding that the association was collaborating with Directorate of Medical Services to get rid of quackery in the sector Also speaking President Elect World Medical Association Dr Osahon Enabulele expressed concern over the negative impact of insecurity on healthcare service delivery in the country He said the trend resulted to migration of healthcare personnel and depletion of human resources in the sector Earlier Dr Khalifa Abdulsalam Chairman NMA Gombe State chapter commended members of the association for their sacrifices and service to humanity As we work in challenging situations and conditions we should also strive to give our best to the society we serve As the issues when carefully addressed will improve the current indices of health statistics in our dear country both infrastructure and human resources as well as quality service delivery he said Gov Inuwa Yahaya said his administration had accorded priority to health sector through rehabilitation of 114 primary health facilities to enhance quality healthcare service delivery at the grassroots Yahaya represented by his deputy Manassah Jatau said the state government had constructed referral hospitals in each of the three senatorial districts and established the state Contributory Healthcare Management Agency This he said would enable the citizens to access quality and affordable healthcare services towards achieving the Universal Health Coverage NAN reports that the association also conducted a two day medical outreach in Bayo Ashaka Funakaye and Gombe metropolis www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Health indices: NMA seeks more funding for health sector
    General news1 month ago

    Health indices: NMA seeks more funding for health sector

    The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has urged the Federal Government to allocate more fund to the health sector to improve health indices in the country.

    The National President of the association, Dr Uche Ojinmah made the call on the sideline of the National Executive Meeting (NEC), in Gombe on Thursday.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the meeting is: “Healthcare Delivery in the face of Insecurity.

    ” He said the call was imperative to improve the health indices through increased funding, provision of equipment and adequate manpower in health facilities across the country.

    He also advocated better remuneration for medical personnel and provision of conducive working environment to check brain drain in the medical profession.

    The president frowned at the spate of quacks among medical professionals, adding that the association was collaborating with Directorate of Medical Services to get rid of quackery in the sector.

    Also speaking,  President-Elect, World Medical Association, Dr Osahon Enabulele expressed concern over the negative impact of insecurity on healthcare service delivery in the country.

    He said the trend resulted to migration of healthcare personnel and depletion of human resources in the sector.

    Earlier, Dr Khalifa Abdulsalam, Chairman, NMA Gombe State chapter, commended members of the association for their sacrifices and service to humanity.

    “As we work in challenging situations and conditions, we should also strive to give our best to the society we serve.

    “As the issues when carefully addressed will improve the current indices of health statistics in our dear country, both infrastructure and human resources as well as quality service delivery,” he said Gov. Inuwa Yahaya said his administration had accorded priority to health sector through rehabilitation of 114 primary health facilities to enhance quality healthcare service delivery at the grassroots.

    Yahaya, represented by his deputy, Manassah Jatau, said the state government had constructed referral hospitals in each of the three senatorial districts, and established the state Contributory Healthcare Management Agency.

    This, he said would enable the citizens to access quality and affordable healthcare services towards achieving the Universal Health Coverage.

    NAN reports that the association also conducted a two-day medical outreach in Bayo, Ashaka, Funakaye and Gombe metropolis.

    ( www.


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